Dating english guy
If they have even the slightest doubt about your intentions they will hold back.So whatever you would normally do to indicate your interest to a confident man, double or triple it for a shy man (in proportion to his shyness): While I don't suggest that you overtly ask out a shy guy on an "official" date (this would too flagrantly undermine what he knows to be his role as described above), I do suggest that you suggest and then ask him to hang out under casual pretenses.
Aside from their innate male tendency to overlook anything that isn't spelled out in black and white, shy men will by default doubt any sign of your affection.
At most, it is a reliable source of advice for women who want to improve their chances with the opposite sex.
A post I made about why women shouldn't take the initiative in relationships evoked some questions about how to deal with shy men - after all, shy men don't chase women, and are unlikely to initiate anything.
Unfortunately there is no easy way to discern his true intentions without putting yourself on the line over and over again, and seeing how he responds.
This can be humiliating, frustrating, even infuriating, and it can ultimately still end in failure.
I've dated countless women and it has always amazed me how little they know about men.